for four years, we had a surplus. then we decided we would give it away. we had tax cuts, spending increases, 9/11 happened, we had to respond, 2008 happen, we had to respond, and we dug ourselves a financial hole. that means we cannot keep doing what people have gotten accustomed to us doing. it is difficult to take those things back. the paralysis we have is faith country, not the congress -- is as a country, not the congress. there is a consensus that we are spending too much money. if you ask the question, the answer is yes, we are spending too much and we should reduce it, but when they are asked here are the areas that we should cut, keep the same or increase.